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Title Christ Tempted in the Wilderness
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Bril, Paul (Flemish landscapist and fresco painter, 1554-1626, active in Rome)
Date 1626 (dated)
Signed yes
Description The seated figure of Christ holds his hand up to rebuke Satan, shown as an old man with horns who offers him two full purses. In the Matthew's version of this story, Christ went into the desert to fast for forty days and forty nights during which time, the Devil tried to tempt him. However, here both figures are dwarfed by a magnificent landscape. Far from being a 'wilderness' as we imagine it, the landscape includes a herd of cows driven over a hill by two cow herds, a castle and figures walking towards a distant citadel.
Current Accession Number 1963P10
Former Accession Number P.1063
Inscription front ll (on rock) 'Pavolv Brill 1626'
Subject religion (Temptation of Christ); landscape (pastoral); animal (cattle, deer)
Measurements 120.6 x 149.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi Co. Ltd 1963.
Provenance Christie's sale, 1 December 1827, lot 92 as Christ and the Tempter in the Wilderness, bought by Taylor, 2.10 (;).
Principal Exhibitions Paintings by Old Masters, Colnaghi's, 1963, cat. no. 10, pl.1.
Publications Apollo, vol. 77, 1963, p. 497, fig. 3; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 18, ill.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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